[PDF] Regional discharge and patient transfer protocol for patients with clostridium difficile infection

Source:
Guidelines and Audit Implementation Network - GAIN
Publisher:
Guidelines and Audit Implementation Network (GAIN)
Publication date:
22 February 2009

Abstract

The Northern Ireland Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) Independent Review on clostridium difficile expressed concern that systems were not in place for hospitals to identify patients who had a previous history of Clostridium difficile infection during a previous admission to other health and social care facilities. 

This guideline aims to address this gap in the current arrangements and to improve communication and the exchange of information between acute hospitals, GPs and the independent care sector following the discharge of a patient with a diagnosis of Clostridium difficile infection. In addition by developing a standard protocol for all Trusts the risk from every Trust adopting a different approach will be reduced.

Publisher's Note: Currently under review October 2017.